Former Sen. Jon Woods and his friend Randell Shelton, both convicted in a kickback scheme involving state money sent to Ecclesia College, have filed a motion in their appeal seeking sealed documents filed in the case.

In a joint motion filed Monday with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, their attorneys, Shelly Koehler and Patrick Benca, said in seeking a record of the case to prepare an appeal indicated “sealed records” related to eight docket entries. But they received no docket entries. They also seek a transcript of a sealed transcript of an ex parte hearing before the judge.

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What’s it about? The motion doesn’t say. But the attorneys say they need to see the whole record to adequately prepare an appeal. A government response is due Feb. 14.

Last week, Shelton’s attorney filed permission to file an overlength brief. Koehler said she needed more than 30 pages to deal with all the issues she wanted to raise, including “alleged errors ranging from constructive amendment of the
indictment to bad faith destruction of evidence to improper ex parte communication with the jury by the presiding judge. “

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